London Borough of Brent
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Alperton (/ˈælpətən/) is an area forming the southern part of Wembley in the London Borough of Brent, northwest London. It is situated 7.6 miles (12 km) west north-west of Charing Cross.
The name Alperton means "farmstead or estate associated with a man named Ealhbeorht", deriving from an Anglo-Saxon personal name and tūn, meaning farmstead or village in Old English.
Alperton has one of the capital's highest populations from black or minority ethnic groups (BME). In the 1991 census, 43.2% of the population was Asian, only one point less than White. Indians formed 31.5% in 1991 and 32.4% in 2001, with white having decreased to 27.8%. According to the 2011 census, the largest ethnic group was Indian, 42% of the population, well above Brent's average of 18%. Other Asian was second largest at 17%. The 2011 census also showed that 47.7% of the population were Hindu. Christians formed 27.2% and Muslims 11.9%.
Ealing Road (A4089) and Bridgewater Road (A4005) are major roads that run though Alperton. Alperton Lane (B456) is another useful thoroughfare.
The Grand Union Canal runs through Alperton and the Grand Union Walk is its old towpath, which was originally used by horses drawing the canal barges, and is now a recreational facility that serves Alperton.
Stations in and near the area include:Alperton Station (Piccadilly line)
Hanger Lane Station (Central line)
Stonebridge Park Station (Bakerloo line & Watford DC Line)
Wembley Central station (London Underground's Bakerloo line, London Overground's Watford DC Line, London Midland and Southern)
Wembley Park tube station (Metropolitan line & Jubilee line)
Chess endgame study composer and author John Roycroft was born in Alperton
Gary Waddock, former footballer and now manager of Aldershot Town, grew up in Alperton
Footballer Joe Wiggins (1909–82) was born in Alperton
Keith Moon lived in Alperton as a boy.
The towpath of the Grand Union Canal in Alperton has been used for various scenes in the BBC TV soap EastEnders. It was first used in an episode which aired on 3 October 1985, when the character Den Watts (played by Leslie Grantham) meets with Michelle Fowler (played by Susan Tully) and it is revealed Den is the father of Michelle's baby. It was used again on numerous occasions, most famously on 23 February 1989, when Den Watts was shot before falling into the canal and supposedly dying. Den returned to the canal with daughter Sharon Watts on 3 October 2003, when he returned to Albert Square alive.